In 1995, we committed our lives to the transforming power of Hope.

At 3 pm on July 20, 1995 the Dominican Sisters of Hope were founded. On July 20, 2019, we began our 25th year since our founding. 

We declare a Year of Hope!

In celebration, we will share a reflection on the 20th of every month. We hope that these inspire you, as they have us, to live out Hope everyday. 

Reflections on the Year of Hope:

Being Hope: an Unfinished Symphony

Remember who you are. Perhaps it was for this very moment that you were created. Remember too that we are not alone on this journey. We are accompanied by the God of Promise.

Hope is Relationship

To be Human, Christian, Dominican is to be in relationship! How do I (we) respond??

Here’s to the Crazy Ones

Mount Saint Mary College mandated that all faculty planning to teach in the Fall must take an e-class course in basic Online Learning. Hope had stopped being a theological virtue and become the last resort of a drowning woman.

Remembering as Prayer: the Dance of Light and Shadow

How many moments have we experienced the tension of our diversity and the redemptive grace of clarity?

They’re Playing Our Song

Our song speaks of our encounters with the Divine as we acknowledge that the Divine presence permeates all aspects of cosmic life and all experiences of pain and joy we may be having personally.

Hope Is Not Cancelled!

I am convinced that this container, full of grace, mystery, Hope and Presence, is the NOW where I am called to be.

Hope: The Dearest Freshness

I’ve never thought of Hope as a wish list (as in “I hope the weather is good tomorrow.”) No, Hope is holy root energy, grace planted here on Earth, grounded as we are and reaching for the light.

Hope as Paradox

What the witnesses saw on Good Friday looked like the end, it was the beginning; they saw death – it was life; what looked like failure was victory; darkness gave way to light and despair to HOPE.

Loving Hope

We talk about love as though we understand exactly what it is, when in fact I believe it is the most mysterious reality of all.

Mindful Hope

Hope sends us dancing around dark corners trusting in a tomorrow we cannot see!

Hope Lives in Memory, and in the Future

In the hall at our parish, there are the words: Tempus Fugit, Memento Mori. I think that those words capture the meaning of what Sister Lin Howley tried to convey to me about never forgetting the year of our founding as Hope.

Hope as Ambiguous Certainty

The note read, “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” And there you have it; Hope. The joy filled anticipatory side of hope wins out.

Storytelling As A Source of Hope

To hang on to a vision so counter to the surrounding all-pervasive culture of darkness and refuse to succumb to it, trusting ultimately in the Light yet unseen, shows the extraordinary depth of hope at the core of each story.

Hope-Bearers

The challenge is to continue my life journey as a hope-bearer, extending ordinary gestures of kindness and truthfulness every day.

Women of Hope

We know Martha and we know Mary, because they are us.

 

 

“My hope lies in the belief that the younger generation will do it better.”

-Sister Mary Alice Hannan

Other Hope Reflections from our Site:

Hope is: Helping Students Travel through Technology

As Deb Egan puts it, science and technology have always been a part of the Dominican tradition, as they pertain to the search for truth. So it is in the classrooms Saint John the Apostle School where Deb is principal.

Hope is: Reversing the Cycle of Poverty through Education

Nora Cronin Presentation Academy provides a pathway out of poverty through education as a means to raise expectations for young girls.

16 Ways Hope is Thriving in Our World Today

Today, hope is educating, reversing cycles of poverty, fighting against racism, rebuilding homes, helping to inform adults of faith, making a space in the church for the deaf, and empowering women. And that’s just a start. Although

Hope is: Signing Inclusion for the Deaf Community

“People think helping the deaf people is charity, but it’s not. It’s justice.”

Being Hope: an Unfinished Symphony

Remember who you are. Perhaps it was for this very moment that you were created. Remember too that we are not alone on this journey. We are accompanied by the God of Promise.

Loving Hope

We talk about love as though we understand exactly what it is, when in fact I believe it is the most mysterious reality of all.

Women of Hope

We know Martha and we know Mary, because they are us.

Hope as Ambiguous Certainty

The note read, “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” And there you have it; Hope. The joy filled anticipatory side of hope wins out.

The Conundrum of Hope

How is hope, for you, tied to activism and justice? How are we, as individuals, called to preach peace and hope right now? When our Congregation became Hope, did we think a new name would mean anything more than a name? Would it affect who we...

Hope is: Stepping into the History of Saint Dominic

Each year, a group of sisters and lay people make the pilgrimage to learn about the life and ways of Saint Dominic. On the journey, the “pilgrims” are called to consider how they can live in a way that spreads Dominic’s spirit today.

Hope is: Facilitating Faith and Justice among Adults

“This is an opportunity to nourish and enrich lay Catholics who are working for justice and peace.”

Hope is: Grieving the Way to God

“Out in their families and in their social circles, participants often feel that they can’t express their sorrow because people say, ‘You should get over this,’ or ‘Get on with your life.’ People don’t understand what they’re going through,” Sister Cynthia explains.

Hope is: Acknowledging the Gifts of Each Woman

“I think women don’t acknowledge their own giftedness. You have to affirm your own gift in yourself, but we hesitate to do that sometimes.”

Hope is: Making Land Ownership Equitable

“We’re individuals, but we have to live as part of a community,” Sister Monica says. “We have to recognize that everything we do has impacts on other people, including our monopolies on land.”

Hope for Us Stumbling, Bumbling Disciples

He meets them where they are – well-intentioned but feeble; insecure, anxious and worried. And Jesus loves them, right where they are.

Hope is Relationship

To be Human, Christian, Dominican is to be in relationship! How do I (we) respond??

Searching for Hope? You Might Be Looking in the Wrong Places.

"In the service of the Lord, work not half-heartedly but with conscientiousness and an eager spirit.  Be joyful in hope; persevere in hardship; keep praying regularly; share with any of God’s holy people who are in need; look for opportunities to be hospitable."...

Mary Pellegrino Challenges us to Live from a Place of Abundance

On Sunday, February 23, Sister Mary Pellegrino, CSJ spoke in the chapel at Mariandale to the Dominican Sisters of Hope, challenging us to shift the narrative of our current experience of religious life from one of scarcity to one of abundance.

Why We Have, and Will Always Have, Hope

Many of us awoke this morning to worry, fear, and anger. Perhaps you are feeling these today, too. As women who bear hope in our name, we cannot despair. We don't just "like" or "believe in" hope; we live it. We have committed our lives --even our name-- to it. What...

Hope as Paradox

What the witnesses saw on Good Friday looked like the end, it was the beginning; they saw death – it was life; what looked like failure was victory; darkness gave way to light and despair to HOPE.

Hope is: Empowering Girls to Become Leaders

“Strong women mean strong families and strong communities. This program is about recognizing and affirming the contribution that each girl can make to a just, compassionate world.”

Mindful Hope

Hope sends us dancing around dark corners trusting in a tomorrow we cannot see!

Hope is: Growing Seeds of Justice

Harmony Farm is a place for not just food, but also for justice and spirituality.

Hope is: Rebuilding Homes and Lives

For the past ten years, Sister Sharon has gone to New Orleans to participate in a week-long build project called Nuns Build. Putting her skills to such a worthy use has been life-giving for her.

Hope is: Sewing the Way to a New Future

The benefits of learning to sew are two-fold: it gives the adults an industry, and the results provide the required school uniforms for the children.

Storytelling As A Source of Hope

To hang on to a vision so counter to the surrounding all-pervasive culture of darkness and refuse to succumb to it, trusting ultimately in the Light yet unseen, shows the extraordinary depth of hope at the core of each story.

Hope: The Dearest Freshness

I’ve never thought of Hope as a wish list (as in “I hope the weather is good tomorrow.”) No, Hope is holy root energy, grace planted here on Earth, grounded as we are and reaching for the light.

Hope-Bearers

The challenge is to continue my life journey as a hope-bearer, extending ordinary gestures of kindness and truthfulness every day.

Remembering as Prayer: the Dance of Light and Shadow

How many moments have we experienced the tension of our diversity and the redemptive grace of clarity?

Hope Is Not Cancelled!

I am convinced that this container, full of grace, mystery, Hope and Presence, is the NOW where I am called to be.

Hope is: Learning to Grow in Faith

Being Catholic is not just a thing that you do on Sunday or in church. It’s something that becomes how you live your life no matter where you are.”

Three Sisters Share Why Hope is Still Alive

Sister Jeanette Redmond In every interview since the launch of our website, our sisters have been asked about hope. Their answers on what gives them hope and how they maintain hope vary, but the sisters are all certain of one thing: they have hope, and they’re proud...

Those Who Fight for Justice Bring Hope

As I celebrate the lunar landing, I see the faces of those who take steps to force us to leap for justice.

Hope is: Encouraging Play, and Study

It turns out that, when you commit to helping mothers and children for the long-run, certain issues come up, like kids being home alone all day during the summer or struggling with homework during the school year.

Hope is: Working for Justice On-the-Ground

The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center rallies against the death penalty, provides education about human trafficking, advocates for immigrants’ rights, battles racism, and works toward peace and nonviolence.

My Hope is in the Future of God’s Reign

My own understanding of HOPE has changed over the years.

We Asked ‘What Gives You Hope?’ This Sister Answered: ‘You.’

After the events in Charlottesville, we asked the Dominican Sisters of Hope where they find hope in trying times. Sister Bette Ann Jaster answered in verse, which took us by surprise and delighted us altogether. Her words sing the song of women...

I Volunteered at the U.S. Border and Saw Glimmers of Hope

Hope was seen in the eyes of a family after their first change of clothes and a shower.

Hope is: Giving Women a Space to Thrive

When you approach the Center, you’re met with laughs and chatter. Women studying English guide each other and laugh together when they make mistakes. The wraparound porch is checkered with women sharing stories, commiserating, and, most important, building community.

Here’s to the Crazy Ones

Mount Saint Mary College mandated that all faculty planning to teach in the Fall must take an e-class course in basic Online Learning. Hope had stopped being a theological virtue and become the last resort of a drowning woman.

Hope Lives in Memory, and in the Future

In the hall at our parish, there are the words: Tempus Fugit, Memento Mori. I think that those words capture the meaning of what Sister Lin Howley tried to convey to me about never forgetting the year of our founding as Hope.

They’re Playing Our Song

Our song speaks of our encounters with the Divine as we acknowledge that the Divine presence permeates all aspects of cosmic life and all experiences of pain and joy we may be having personally.

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